Electric vehicles are currently the talk of the town. Here are the best five electric vehicles topping the chart for the past couple of years.
In the past couple of years, the sales of electric vehicles have grown exponentially for a whole lot of reasons. The EVs are gradually breaking the shackles of the high-priced stigma around them and increasingly becoming popular despite limited options available in the market. The race for EVs has been spearheaded by homegrown Tata Motors, enjoying about 80 per cent of the market share, with decent contributions from MG Motors, Hyundai and Mahindra.
So, let’s know the best-selling electric cars in the past two years.
Tata Nexon EV
Launched less than a couple of years back, Tata Nexon EV has become the most bankable car from Tata Motors. The Nexon, with its compact design, modern-day features, and an electric motor underneath gives peace of mind from exorbitant fuel prices. The compact electric SUV was bought by 2,529 customers in 2020 and 9,111 in 2021. And not just that, the car contributed the majority of the 3,454 total EVs sold from Tata in May 2022, which was the highest ever with a growth of 626 per cent over the corresponding month, the previous year.
The current range of Tata Nexon EV includes the standard model, which gets a 30.2kWh lithium-ion battery and the recently launched Nexon EV Max with a larger 40.5kWh unit. The standard version develops 129PS and 245 Nm, while the long-range version generates 143PS and 250 Nm torque. Similarly, in terms of range, the standard Nexon EV claims to offer 312 kms in a single charge, while the Max version can deliver 437 kms per charge.
The vehicle takes 56 min to charge from 0-80 per cent using a DC fast charger, and 6.5 hours to fully charge the battery using a standard 15A socket. Similarly, the standard version takes 8.5 hours for a full charge using a normal 15A plug point and 60 minutes using a fast charger. The car comes with a 7-inch touchscreen, auto climate control, powered sunroof and a 5-star safety rating, among others.
|Price standard model (ex-showroom)||Rs. 14.79 – 17.40 Lakh|
|Price Max version (ex-showroom)||Rs. 17.74 – 19.24 Lakh|
|Range (standard model)||312 kms|
|Range (Max version)||437 kms|
|Top speed (standard model)||120 kmph|
|Top speed (Max version)||140 kmph|
|Tyre Size||215/60 R16|
MG ZS EV
The British brand Morris Garage has become immensely popular within a few years of its introduction in the Indian market. And one of the most admirable models of this brand has been the ZS EV. Launched in 2020, the ZS EV has been a runaway success so far, with 1,142 units solid in 2020 and 2,798 units in 2021, an increase of 145 per cent over the previous year. The car continues its growth spree as it registers 100 per cent MoM progress with 302 units sold in May 2022 alone.
The facelifted MG ZS EV was launched in March 2022 with a more powerful 50.3kWh battery that can deliver 461kms of range in a single charge. The EV can be charged to 80 per cent using AC fast charger, while it takes roughly 50 minutes to charge from 0-80 per cent using DC super-fast charger. The car also gets features like a 10.1inch touchscreen unit, 7-inch digital instrument cluster, 360-degree camera, panoramic sunroof, wireless charging, and six airbags, among others.
|Price (ex-showroom)||Rs. 22.00 – 25.88 Lakh|
|Top speed||140 kmph|
|Tyre Size||215/55 R17|
Tata Tigor EV
First launched for the commercial buyers and then for the private owners in 2019, Tata Tigor EV has seen tremendous growth over these years. The company sold 631 units in 2020, followed by 2,611 units in 2021, a phenomenal increase of 313 per cent over the previous year. The Tigor EV along with, Nexon, contributed to the remarkable sales of 3,454 units in May 2022, the highest ever for the carmaker in terms of EV sales.
The updated version of Tigor EV was launched in 2021 with a more powerful 26kWh lithium-ion battery pack that develops 75PS and 170Nm of torque and delivers an ARAI-certified range of 306kms on a single charge. The car takes 8 hours 45 minutes for 80 per cent charging using a 15A plug point, while fast charging till 80 per cent can be done in about 60 minutes.
In terms of features, the Tigor EV comes equipped with a 7.0-inch touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a digital instrument cluster, auto climate control, iRA-connected car tech, and a 4-star Global NCAP safety rating.
|Price (ex-showroom)||Rs. 12.49 – 13.64 Lakh|
|Top speed||120 kmph|
|Tyre Size||175/65 R14|
Hyundai Kona EV
Launched in 2019, Kona is the first all-electric car from the South Korean automaker in the Indian market and comes with a lot of promising aspects. Despite the lack of awareness for EVs and a slightly higher price tag than that of its counterpart MG ZS EV, the Kona was able to accumulate sales of 223 units and 121 units in 2020 and 2021, respectively. The carmaker will launch the facelifted version of Kona in 2022, which will be much better in terms of exteriors and interiors.
The current version of Kona gets a 39.2kWh lithium-ion battery claimed to offer an ARAI-rated range of 452kms on a single charge. The battery can be either charged 100 per cent in just 57minutes using a 50kW DC fast charger or 6 hours 10 minutes using a standard AC source. The SUV is loaded up to the brim with features including a 7-inch touchscreen unit, 10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, powered sunroof, auto climate control, wireless charging, head-up display, 6 airbags, etc.
|Price (ex-showroom)||Rs. 23.84 – 24.03 Lakh|
|Top speed||167 kmph|
|Tyre Size||215/55 R17|
The homegrown automaker launched the all-electric avatar of the Verito sedan in 2016 and to date, has been through ups and downs in terms of sales. The carmaker sold 249 units of eVerito in 2020, followed by 49 units in 2021. However, the sales were much better in 2018 and 2019, with 811 units, and 999 units, respectively.
The car packs a 72V lithium-ion battery pack that offers 110kms of range and takes 8 hours 45 minutes to get fully charged via a standard 230V 15A outlet. There is also a fast-charging mode that let the battery reach 80 per cent charge in just 1 hour 45 minutes. The eVerito doesn’t offer much in the features department, and this might be one of the reasons for low sales. It does come with alloy wheels, an audio system with USB, and electric ORVMs, among others.
|Price (ex-showroom)||Rs. 9.13 – 9.46 Lakh|
|Top speed||86 kmph|
|Tyre Size||185/70 R14|